Clayton Kershaw earned NL Player of the Week honors for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the organization also had three of their Minor League players recognized.
According to the Dodgers’ public relations Twitter account, Great Lakes pitcher Jonathan Martinez was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week:
Congrats to Single-A Great Lakes RHP Jonathan Martinez on being named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week!
— Dodgers PR (@DodgersPR) June 23, 2014
The Albuquerque Isotopes also announced the honor for Carlos Frias in the Pacific Coast League:
— Albuquerque Isotopes (@AbqTopes) June 23, 2014
Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports Ogden Raptors pitcher Edinson Block took home the honor in his respective league:
.@ogdenraptors RHP Edinson Bock (6 hitless innings, 7 strikeouts) was named Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 23, 2014
Frias began the year with Chattanooga before a promotion to Albuquerque. He posted a 3.38 ERA in five starts with the Lookouts. Frias got off to a rough start with the Isotopes, but has come on strong of late.
In his two starts last week, Frias pitched a total of 13 innings and gave up just one run. He also struck out 17 over that period and lowered his overall ERA to 5.10.
Martinez, who will turn 20 on Friday, has had a successful return to the Midwest League after splitting time between Ogden and Great Lakes last season. In 2014, his ERA is a strong 3.46 through 14 starts, with 65 strikeouts compared to just 12 walks.
On June 19, Martinez went six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and issuing no walks while striking out seven. He’s been very consistent so far this year, with an ERA of about 3.50 in all three months he’s pitched.
Bock was signed out of Venezuela in March of 2011. In 2013, he finally made his way to the states, pitching in 15 games for the Arizona League Dodgers and posting a 2.35 ERA.
This season, he’s made two appearances for the Ogden Raptors, holding opposing batters hitless through six innings while striking out seven. The 20-year-old figures to be a key part of the Raptors’ pitching staff.
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